Travel nightmare: Airline to begin weighing passengers


One airline is creating an even greater travel nightmare: weighing passengers.  In order to figure out calculate the gross weight of an aircraft before it takes off, Uzbekistan Airlines has announced it will be weighing both passengers’ luggage and their bodies before they board flights. Yes, weighing people. On scales. In the airport.

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PVC plastic is making us gain weight

Is plastic making us fat?

Are you looking for something to blame your weight issues on?  Well, there is no shortage of scapegoats.  Just some of the things that have shown over the years that contribute to weight problems include, genetically modified food, BPA, diet soda, and your fork are a few.  Irvine researchers has added another excuse to the arsenal: PVC plastic, according to a new study from the University of California.



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Sixty percent of Americans happy with their weight: Denial or acceptance?

According to this Gallup poll, 25 percent of Americans are still “seriously trying to lose weight.”

A recent Gallup poll asked Americans about their dieting habits and what they consider an ideal weight. Sixty percent of Americans say that their weight is about right. This is good news considering research like that of Peter Muennig from Columbia University found that women who were concerned about their weight had more mental and physical illnesses than those who were happy with their size, regardless of their weight. As it turns out, people don’t take care of things they hate, and that includes their bodies. So more people liking their bodies means more people who believe those bodies are worthy of care.



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Not all calories created equal: Study

not all calories created equal

A diet based on healthy carbs offers best chance of keeping weight off.

A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that a diet based on healthy carbohydrates—rather than a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet—offers the best chance of keeping weight off without bringing unwanted side effects.

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6 secondhand health hazards that may surprise you


One-quarter of people who share a bed with a snorer lose 49 minutes of sleep per night.

Unhealthy behaviors can spread.  And by now you know to avoid a roommate who smokes, lest her carcinogenic cloud take you down. But did you know you should avoid shacking up with a snorer. Recent research shows that a slew of health problems and their side effects can be transferred from one person to another, according to the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity–meaning that friends’ or relatives’ medical issues, or their disregard for their own well-being, can rub off on you!

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Dieting forces brain to eat itself: study


A cross-section of the human brain

A lack of nutrition when dieters are trying to lose weight forces their brain cells to eat themselves, making the feeling of hunger even stronger, scientists claim.  Brain cells begin to eat themselves like other parts of the body do as a last-ditch source of energy to ward off starvation, a study found.

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